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I have taken advantage of many free and paid resources the web has to offer over the years… blogs, YouTube videos, books, courses etc. I believe I have seen some of the best the web has to offer.

When I though of posting a list of resources, I though of Alex Powers and his ‘$0 dimes Power BI resource list’ post. He graciously agreed to share his links for this post, commenting that “A rising tide lifts all the boats”. Alex, I am grateful for your generosity in sharing this content.

My plan is to continue adding to this list; please feel free to share your own favorites. Our hope is that no matter what stage you are it in your journey, that you would find something here that takes your Power BI, DAX, and M skills to the next level.

  • New to Power BI? Start here!

GUY IN A CUBE: 9 Things to Know…

MSFT Basics: Get started building with Power BI

MSFT Basics: Microsoft Power BI Guided Learning

MSFT Basics: Guy in a Cube – Easy and fun way to stay up to date and learn

Power Pivot Pro Basics: The book where it all started

Power Pivot Pro Basics: Free PDF reference card of functions

Radacad writes a lot, knows a lot, and freely shares his very practical and functional content. Enjoy.

RADACAD Intermediate: Download his free PDF E-books – Rookie to Rockstar

Radacad Blogs here

Check out the CSG Pro Business User Video Series

  • DAX Intro: Know the learning curve

“DAX is simple, but it is not easy” – Alberto Ferrari

Brian Grant from CSG Pro releases the “Elements of DAX” FREE on YouTube providing you an extensive and comprehensive way to learn DAX.

PowerPivotPro Intro: The ROI of learning and authoring in Power BI

SQLBI DAX Intro: Part 1:2 DAX 101 on YouTube, watch and re-watch!

SQLBI DAX Intro: Part 2:2 Advanced DAX, on YouTube, watch and re-watch, this stuff is gold!

SQLBI DAX Intro: Learn from the best! Incredibly rich and free video course resource

SQLBI Fundamentals: Row and Filter context; the heart of understanding DAX!

CSGPRO / Brian Grant – Fundamentals: A visual guide to Row vs. Filter Context

  • DAX Functions – Explore and Learn:

DAX.GUIDE Documentation: The ultimate go-to for all of your DAX functions

Check out this DAX Glossary from our friends at Curbal – Videos Included!

  • Advanced DAX

$ SQLBI Books: Definitive Guide to DAX 2nd Edition

SQLBI DAX Patterns: Get a head start on your DAX patterns

SQLBI Fundamentals: Best practice on choosing between a measure and a calculated column

Phil Seamark – 2 Part: DAX 1-Column Fusion & using Debug Measures!

SQLBI Pro Level: Learn the difference between these two column options

SQLBI Pro Level: Calculated Columns vs. Calculated Tables

MSFT Pro Level: The Vertipaq Engine. Learn it. Love it.

DAX Studio Pro Level: The best FREE tool on the internet – DAX Studio

SQLBI Pro Level: Various talks to help you tune your models

GITHUB Pro Level: Do crazy things with your data model – Tabular Editor

SQLBI DAX Formatting: Copy/Paste your DAX code and get perfect formatting!

SQLBI Data Models: Another great free video course. Learn how to model your data!

  • Power Query Specific – Another super power skillset:

    Do not, and I repeat, do not overlook the Power of Power Query and the M language!

Microsoft Documents Everything and anything.

2.5 hours of FREE Power Query Fundamentals from none other than the legendary Ken Puls, Miguel Escobar and Matt Allington at Skillwave!

$ Gil Raviv – The book that got me hooked on M as a superpower!

Pro Level: Fantastic series for learning M from Ben Gribaudo

Pro Level: Deep Dive into M. Watch and re-watch with your family and friends

Pro Level: Power Query Microsoft paper; It’s a dry read, but so good

Pro Level: GITHUB Create custom connectors

Pro Level: Power Query SDK

Query Error Diagnostics: Chris Webb

  • Community Learning from some of the best on YouTube:

Guy in a Cube YouTube Channel – Weekly videos and Saturday Live Chat!

Two Alex’s – Saturday Live Chat on topics and demos beyond the desktop

Ruth Pozuelo Martinez – posts great topics three days a week!

Sam McKay, CFA – Enterprise DNA, offers a ton of great Instruction

Mike Girvin – Excel is Fun! Can 650K subscribers be wrong??

  • Interactive Data Storytelling – Reveal Insights beyond the data:

Storytelling MSFT: Jeff Lumpkin from Microsoft on Storytelling in Power BI

Storytelling Forbes: The essential data science skill everyone needs

Visual Analytics MSFT: Alberto Cairo – Data Insight Summit My own experience in bringing insights as an added value.

Visual Analytics: An interesting early research project on the potential benefits of visual analytics

  • Career & Culture

Lars Schreiber chats with Marco Russo – Sit back and enjoy this two hour ‘non-technical’ conversation with Marco as he shares his journey with SQLBI.

BLOG: Building a Data Culture – Matthew Roche (SSBIPOLAR)

VIDEO: Building a Data Culture – Matthew Roche (SSBIPOLAR)

  • Reporting Canvas:

KRATOSBI Report Canvas: Custom Themes. Using your brand colors = bonus points with your boss

SQLBI Using Visuals: Now you know

MSFT Report Canvas: Build your own custom Power BI visuals. (Low-to-no-code)

RADACAD Charticulator: Intro series – You’ll need it

MSFT Visuals: Build your own custom Power BI visuals (node.js)

MSFT: Free online “Power BI Paginated Reports in a Day”. Taught by Peter Myers and Chris Finlan, with special guest Paginated Report Bear!

  • Architecture / Governance / Recommended Practices:

Community Presentation Materials from Melissa Coates

Technical Official Whitepapers: Taught me everything I know

Technical Adoption: Power BI Adoption Framework – It matters, and it’s where you start

Technical Subscriptions: Managing Premium Capacities

Technical Subscriptions: Optimizing Premium Capacities

  • External Tools / Software:

SQLBI: DAX Tools Video Course

Tools: Radacad Power BI Helper – It helps you

Tools / Software: BISM Normalizer – For all your XMLA needs

Alex Powers – Introduction to Tabular Editor

Tools / Software: Tabular Editor – Look behind the curtain

Tools / Software: Power Query SDK – Build your own custom connectors

Tools / Software: Power BI Data Connection file (PBIDS) creator

11 responses to “Power BI Learning Resources”

  1. Ken Kasterko Avatar
    Ken Kasterko

    What a great resource for someone like me getting started and when I get more advanced. This will be a goto in the future. Thank you!

  2. Abdel Avatar

    Hi Mark
    You made a wonderful effort here to put together all these fine resources for learning/ mastering Power BI + DAX. I really appreciate it. however, I am a bit surprised not to see Enterprise DNA in the list, They have some great content ( free Power BI and DAX Courses ) not sure if you are familiar with Enterprise DNA and Sam Mackay. its worth checking it out.
    Many Thanks

    1. Mark Walter Avatar
      Mark Walter

      Hi Abdel, thanks for the comment. I totally agree, and had checked them out based on other comments received on LinkedIn as well. They are now on the list, and I agree, too much valuable content freely provided on YouTube to not be included on the list. Thanks again! Mark

  3. TAIK Avatar

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for this, wonderful list,
    I think you can include these 2 more YouTube channels as well.
    1. Havens consulting (
    2. TAIK18 (

    Mohammed Adnan

  4. Microsoft Excel Recalc Or Die Avatar
    Microsoft Excel Recalc Or Die

    Amazing list Mark, voilà !

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  6. Antony Avatar

    What a brilliant resource list. Thanks Mark

  7. Jones Avatar

    lovely list – thanks for the effort

  8. smashmirrorcardboardface Avatar

    incredibly helpful
    thanks for the effort in this.

  9. Pieter Linden Avatar
    Pieter Linden

    Cool list!!! Thanks!!!

    There are few resources that I really like that are not in your list:
    For PowerQuery and DAX, Goodly (Chandeep Chhabra) on YouTube. He’s crazy good at PowerQuery and absolutely awesome at breaking it down so it’s easy to understand.
    Then there’s Sam McKay (EnterpriseDNA on YouTube). He covers the gamut, but he’s mostly into DAX (I think).

    1. Mark Walter Avatar
      Mark Walter

      Thanks for the feedback. I will look at Chandeep’s resources. Enterprise DNA (Sam McKay) is listed towards the bottom of the list.

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